Re­flec­tions on IoW rally

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I’ve just got back from the Isle of Wight Rally and I thought I’d share a few re­flec­tions:

1: Ex­tremely well at­tended – felt as if num­bers were well up on last few year’s, the ferry was packed and the Small­brook site was heav­ing.

2: The Small­brook site works re­ally well – good fa­cil­i­ties, good sounds, good bands and well po­si­tioned for the ferry ter­mi­nal and Ryde town cen­tre.

3: Great scoot­ers – good mix of clas­sic, cus­tom, chops and au­tos – some­thing for ev­ery­one – but not a lot of new cre­ations. That said, the race track had as many amaz­ing ma­chines as the cus­tom show – what is stop­ping peo­ple from putting their ma­chines up for prize? Didn’t see many cars and campers.

4: The at­mos­phere was re­ally healthy – I was in and out of Ryde and Small­brook and didn’t wit­ness a sin­gle bub­ble of trou­ble – just an enor­mous gath­er­ing of the scooter­ing fam­ily all hell bent on en­joy­ing them­selves.

5: Good mix of ages – new rid­ers com­ing through which is great for the fu­ture.

6: Ex­pen­sive – the £30 week­end ticket was very good value – but on-site food and drinks were far from cheap. The town seemed to offer bet­ter qual­ity, choice and value. The prices of old scooter frames, pan­els and parts seems to have gone nuts – I can’t see how ren­o­va­tion makes fi­nan­cial sense these days, which can only be bad for our long term fu­ture (per­haps the mar­ket will find a sen­si­ble level).

7: ‘It’s not the same’ – a com­monly used phrase, my view of which is that it is what you make of it. There is noth­ing stop­ping any­one get­ting shit-faced, start­ing a fight with an­other club, at­tempt­ing (and fail­ing) to pull any­thing with a pulse – most of us just choose not to these days. The up­shot is that, in many ways, the dif­fer­ence is pos­i­tive. We’ll never be 18 again – but how much has the pass­ing of time dulled the painful mem­o­ries? (I cer­tainly don’t miss hav­ing spots, liv­ing at home and be­ing pot­less).

Fi­nally – the weather def­i­nitely helped!!! Gary, Suf­folk

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